Fiat is to replace the Seicento with an all-new model; Topolino city car axed

Fiat engineers are hard at work on a low-cost city car, according to sources familiar with the plan.

The new car will have similar dimensions to the Toyota iQ and is being developed to replace the bargain-basement Seicento, which is still on sale in some European markets.

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The source also revealed that the much-mooted Topolino city car has now been axed from Fiat’s model plans.

The Topolino was originally intended to be an upmarket urban runabout, but it failed to get the green light because Fiat bosses deemed that “it wasn’t right for the market”.

Fiat had already decided that the two seat, two-cylinder Topolino would probably not come to the UK.

The budget hatchback was intended for developing markets as well as richer Western European countries, positioned beneath the Panda and 500 in price.See all the latest Fiat reviews, news and video

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27 September 2010

I always thought it would've been a bit peculiar for Fiat to have TWO premium small hatchbacks. Something cheap and affordable would work better, I think, so it's good to see they're working on a low-cost car to replace the Seicento. I'd quite like to see something like their EcoBasic concept car, anyone remember that? Must be about 9/10 years since it was first shown? It was bright orange/red. I loved it.

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27 September 2010

Hopefully the new one will do better than a sheet of paper in crash tests unlike the Seicento.

27 September 2010

[quote Mini1]I'd quite like to see something like their EcoBasic concept car, anyone remember that? Must be about 9/10 years since it was first shown? It was bright orange/red. I loved it.[/quote]

Yep I do have the AutoExpress mag with it somewhere still lol although I might have throu out the mag and just kept them pages I think lol was 9 years ago now how the years go a funky concept that a pity nothing came off it .

27 September 2010

[quote fhp11]Hopefully the new one will do better than a sheet of paper in crash tests unlike the Seicento.[/quote]

I think you would find that all cars made in the years the Seicento were made had

similar crash ratings.

27 September 2010

Obviously, having a global supermini/citycar range which currently includes the Punto Mk2, Grande Punto, Palio/Albea/Siena, Uno, Novo Uno, Panda, 500 and Seicento isn't enough for Fiat.

27 September 2010

[quote FastRenaultFan]

[quote Mini1]I'd quite like to see something like their EcoBasic concept car, anyone remember that? Must be about 9/10 years since it was first shown? It was bright orange/red. I loved it.[/quote]

Yep I do have the AutoExpress mag with it somewhere still lol although I might have throu out the mag and just kept them pages I think lol was 9 years ago now how the years go a funky concept that a pity nothing came off it .[/quote]

If this concept was in AutoExpress, can we be sure it actually existed? They are notoriously unreliable in their 'scoops and news stories, and don't always check their sources....

27 September 2010

Ha am sure it was in Auto Express too and it definatly existed . Back then Id buy whichever mag had the most interesting storys and sometimes Id buy 2 now I very reraly buy either but do try get a look at ythem just can,t afford to be buying them any more and the internet does most off the storys anyway so that does .

27 September 2010

[quote catnip]They are notoriously unreliable in their 'scoops and news stories, and don't always check their sources.... [/quote]...thereby differing from every other UK car magazine how, exactly?

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